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intr.v. flinched, flinch·ing, flinch·es
1. To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.
2. To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.
An act or instance of starting, wincing, or recoiling.

[Obsolete French flenchir, of Germanic origin.]

flinch′er n.
flinch′ing·ly adv.
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An awful warning to all "flinchers" occurred shortly before Mr.
" Make no mistake, he does not like to be hit, he has novice reactions, he's a flincher.